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FINRA digs deeper into blockchain challenges

Joe Mont | January 20, 2017

A new report from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority looks at how blockchain technologies will be used throughout the securities industry. It is seeking comments from banks and financial services firms through March 21.

This report provides an overview of distributed ledger technology, highlights key applications being explored in the securities industry and potential impact of the technology, and discusses key implementation and regulatory considerations for broker-dealers.

FINRA is asking market participants to help identify and address any potential risks or hurdles “in order to tap into the full potential of DLT, while maintaining the core principles of investor protection and market integrity.”

“Technological innovations in the industry, operating in accordance with these core principles, have the potential to provide...

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